The European Parliament has declared support for the idea of opening negotiations with Albania in the summer of 2019, with the resolution drafted by Rapporteur Knut Fleckenstein received 459 votes in favor, 112 against and 62 abstentions.

The document, drafted by the European Parliament member, points out the progress of our country in the priority areas. 

It also underlines the importance of maintaining this positive progress, especially in Justice Reform and the fight against organized crime and corruption.

In presenting the report, Fleckenstein stated that the Council of the European Union should keep its declaration in June and approve the opening of the negotiating process for Albania's membership.

The establishment of new Justice Institutions remains an essential issue for the European Union.

The report assessed that all the criteria for visa liberalization has been fulfilled by Kosovo, with Igor Shiltes suggesting it necessary to proceed to the final step on this issue.

Meanwhile, commenting on Kosovo's imposition of a 100% tax on products originating from Serbia, the European Parliament member underlined that debates are not solved by making extreme decisions.

During the session, resolutions for Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia were also approved.

Present earlier in the discussion, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has been particularly focused on the situation in the region, expressing that the Balkans should remain high on the European Union's political agenda.

According to him, it is important to determine a solution to the issues between Kosovo and Serbia, as well as finalize the name agreement between Greece and Macedonia.

Pёrktheu: Paola Pupla